By the Aero Leather Clothing Co. Size 44R. The B-7 parka was developed in 1940 and standardized in June 1941 as an extreme coldweather jacket intended to protect air and groundcrews stationed in bitterly cold conditions. Roughly hip length, it was manufactured in untreated natural 1.25" shearling and had a front zip concealed behind a buttoned wind flap fastened with braided cord loops. Internal zipped pockets at the waist. Chromed leather patch pockets on the front skirt. Integral hood edged with wolf fur. The shearling is in excellent condition. It is amazingly clean and appears to be strong and flexible with just two small stitched repairs to the centre back area (see photographs). There is evidence of a fading AAF shoulder decal. The lining is equally good and the jacket retains all the original pockets, buttons, hanger and label. Original 'Talon' zip fasteners throughout, all in good working order if a little stiff through lack of use. The B-7 jacket was only in production for about a year and is now one of the hardest USAAF items to find. Most that do turn up are in poor condition and are often very dirty. This is a fabulous rare jacket in a large size. We had another about a year ago in similar condition but this is quite simply one of the best. Stock code J24154.
See also the matching USAAF A-6 trousers listed.